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In the Face of the Cultural Mob

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When the cultural mob runs wild, as it does today, thinking itself to have gained the upper hand, I take my cues from a man named Daniel. When the mob tried to “find a ground of accusation against Daniel in regard to government affairs” and secured passage of a law that condemned anyone praying to the One, True God of the universe to the mouths of ravenous lions, Daniel simply did what he had always done. Knowing full well that the law had been passed, “he entered his house (now in his roof chamber he had windows open toward Jerusalem); and he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously.” (Dan. 6:10).

When the mob starts feeling its supposed strength, God’s people must do what they have always done: Stand winsomely, yet firmly, in the revealed will of God, continue to train their children in the ways of the Scriptures, love one another in the truth, and get God’s sovereignty deep down into their bones. God will not be mocked, and His truth will always prevail in the end, to humanity’s greater good.

God sees what the mob is doing, and he “laughs” and “scoffs” at them. (Psalm 2). God declares that He does whatever He pleases (Psalm 115:3), regardless of the mob’s designs and plans. The God of the Bible declares: “I am God, and there is no other. I have sworn by Myself, the word has gone forth from My mouth in righteousness and will not turn back, that to Me every knee will bow, every tongue will swear allegiance. They will say of Me, ‘Only in the Lord are righteousness and strength.’ Men will come to Him, and all who were angry at Him will be put to shame.” (Isaiah 45:22-24). God says in another place: “I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things which have not been done, saying, ‘My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure.'” (Isaiah 46:9-10). 

And God’s purpose and good pleasure is decidedly contrary to the rantings and ravings of our current cultural mob. Thus, even when they seem to be having the best of it in the short-term, we, like Daniel, look to our sovereign Lord of all things, and we remember that “from Him and through Him and to Him are all things,” and that in the long term, God will not allow HIs glory to be tarnished, and the knowledge of His glory will cover the whole earth as the waters cover the sea. (Hab. 2:14).

And this is the best possible news for humankind, including even the mob, because it means ultimate joy and healing for those who turn to the Lord and call upon Him. “For the world is passing away, and so are its lusts, but the one who does the will of God abides forever.” (1 John 2:17).

-D

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Written by Michael Duenes

April 8, 2015 at 8:44 pm

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